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Rallies planned to oppose termination of autism programs

October 1, 2009
Families are planning rallies in the coming weeks to fight the cut in funding for autism services for children. HSA President Reid Johnson will join the Kelowna rally Sunday October 18 at 11 a.m. Date: Sunday, October 18th Time: 11 am - 1 pm Place: Kerry Park/The Sails (downtown Kelowna on Bernard Avenue)

Workshops on peace, labour, international solidarity

September 30, 2009
Two upcoming workshops highlight the importance of labour activists engagement in working towards peace, economic justice, and international solidarity. SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH 20099:30 am ... 3:30 pmMaritime Labour Centre1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

UBCM 2009: City councils call for government action to stop for-profit health care

September 29, 2009
A resolution* calling for immediate government action to prevent the growth of for-profit medical clinics is on the agenda at this weeks Union of BC Municipalities Convention being held in Vancouver. "I brought forward this resolution because I think that public health care in Canada is one of our most precious assets. As stewards of our communities, municipalities and the UBCM have an opportunity and responsibility to do what we can to protect health care services on behalf of our residents," said Victoria City Councillor Sonya Chandler.

Protect patients and clients from virus by protecting yourself, HSA tells members

September 24, 2009
The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) today released a report by an environmental health expert that recommends a high standard of personal protective equipment use by health care workers to minimize the spread of the deadly H1N1 virus.

Please -Brown Bag your Lunch" on Friday, September 25

September 24, 2009
USW members of Local 2009 are fighting for a fair collective agreement with Compass Canada. The members are amongst the lowest paid workers in the health care sector and are fighting for equality with other workers doing the same work. Compass is not negotiating with the union at this time and need the support of their colleagues at Royal Columbian Hospital and Peace Arch Hospital to achieve a fair contract from Compass Canada.

November 15: last deadline for HSPBA Bill 29 Education Fund for HSA Members

September 23, 2009
Notice to HSA members of the Health Science Professional Bargaining Association: From February 2008 to date, the HSPBA Bill 29 Education Fund has provided bursaries to more than 600 HSA members, supporting education ranging from one-day professional development courses to Masters and PhD programs. This funding arose out of the unions negotiated settlement flowing from the Supreme Court of Canada decision that certain sections of Bill 29 were unconstitutional. This was one-time funding.

Please -Brown Bag your Lunch" on Thursday September 24

September 23, 2009
USW members of Local 2009 are fighting for a fair collectiveagreement with Compass Canada. The members areamongst the lowest paid workers in the health care sectorand are fighting for equality with other workers doing thesame work. Compass is not negotiating with the union at this time and need the support of their colleagues at Surrey Memorial Hospital to achieve a fair contract from Compass Canada.

What health care workers should know about the H1N1 pandemic

September 20, 2009
The World Health Organization has declared a world H1N1 flu pandemic. It is uncertain how serious this pandemic will be in terms of how many people infected will be severely affected. However, because H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, there is currently no vaccine to protect against this virus, although recent reports indicate that one should be available by October.

March and rally to support BC's ambulance paramedics tomorrow

September 17, 2009
British Columbia's Ambulance Paramedics - members of CUPE Local 873 - are still fighting for a fair contract. Please join them tomorrow - Friday,  September 18 - for a march and rally in Richmond, BC  and show your support for their struggle with the Campbell government. Marchers will assemble on the Elmbridge Way sidewalk at the north side of the Sheraton Airport Inn (formerly the Best Western Richmond) located at 7551 Westminster Highway just West of Minoru Blvd. 

HSA kicks off annual fall regional meetings for union activists

September 14, 2009
Kimball Finigan (radiation therapist, representing Region 5 on HSA's board of directors) chats with representatives from the Centre for Ability in Vancouver.